Texas drivers who take their attention off the roadway are classified as being under cognitive distraction. This is a broad term used to describe a number of specific activities, such as texting or eating behind the wheel. New studies suggest that cognitive distractions can be just as dangerous as being intoxicated while driving.
A look at the driving statistics
Every year, more motor vehicle accidents are a result of cognitive distractions like texting. In fact, a study found that one out of every four car accidents involves the use of a cellphone. This cognitive distraction results in over 3,000 fatalities on an annual basis.
When it comes to teenage drivers, most people can guess that they’re naturally at a higher risk for being involved in an accident. A large portion of this is due to inexperience on the roadway. However, add in cellphone usage, and teen drivers become four times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Are you susceptible to cognitive distractions?
Most people believe that if they refrain from texting and driving, they’re not susceptible to cognitive distractions. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Cognitive distractions come in many different forms. Some common distractions include talking on the phone, talking to a passenger, checking a child in the back seat or watching your pet jump from one seat to another.
Most drivers are guilty of falling victim to cognitive distractions from time to time. By understanding what these distractions are, you can work to help avoid falling victim to them. Awareness is the key when it comes to protecting yourself against cognitive distractions. If another driver was distracted and crashed into you, your personal injury attorney may look for evidence to show that a distraction caused the accident.